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I have attended the annual “Liberty Conference” (formerly the “International Students for Liberty Conference”) for years now, and the decline is palpable. At its peak, from 2012-2015, the conference was always covered by Establishment outlets such as National Review and Bloomberg (and VDARE.com!). But by 2017, the non-libertarian coverage of the event discussed one thing... Read More
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A Libertarian Strategy For Social Change
Speech delivered at the 12th annual meeting of the Property and Freedom Society in Bodrum, Turkey, on September 17, 2017 We know the fate of the term “liberal” and “liberalism.” It has been affixed to so many different people and different positions that it has lost all its meaning and become an empty, non-descript label.... Read More
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And there’s nothing they can do about it
Before I get going with my thesis, I have to discuss what it means to be racist. This is no easy matter, because most of the people who talk about racism (and in particular those who accuse others of being racists) do not bother to say what they mean. Let's start with a thought experiment.... Read More
Those who advocate ending, instead of reforming, the welfare-warfare state are often accused of being “impractical.” Some of the harshest criticisms come from libertarians who claim that advocates of “purism” forgo opportunities to make real progress toward restoring liberty. These critics fail to grasp the numerous reasons why it is crucial for libertarians to consistently... Read More
Many people think the Internal Revenue Service was violating civil liberties when it harassed tea party groups. After all, the groups were targeted because they wanted to exercise their civil liberty to challenge government policies. However, the specific issue in the IRS case was the groups’ application for tax-exempt status, which seems to be an... Read More
The Beltway Right specializes in launching well-publicized crusades on tangential issues, especially those that can be used in pointless pandering to minorities. BothJeb Bush and Rand Paul seem to have put nonwhites at the center of their presidential campaigns, and not surprisingly, a new poll shows the largely white Republican base doesn’t seem to care... Read More
To the extent the Constitution comports with the natural law—upholding the sanctity of life, liberty, privacy, property and due process—it is good; to the extent it doesn't, it is bad. The manner in which the courts have interpreted the U.S. Constitution makes theArticles of Confederation,which were usurped in favor of the Constitution at the Philadelphia... Read More
The Articles of Confederation, which were usurped in favor of the Constitution at the Philadelphia convention, are my kind of founding documents; the US Constitution, not so much. To the extent the Constitution comports with the natural law it is good; to the extent it doesn't, it is bad. That has always been my position.... Read More
Libertarians plan to build floating islands to house casinos, hospitals, hotels, offices—and even new societies. Will...
The year is 2020 and I have just turned 72. Not far off the California coast, I and several other wobbly-looking people are on a boat, chugging towards a bizarre floating structure. From a distance, it looks like a luxury hotel, or something from a James Bond movie—but it’s an orthopaedic hospital. Beside fond memories... Read More
Brink Lindsey's "Liberaltarian" piece in The New Republic is getting commented on all over. Here at NR/NRO, Ramesh has already taken a swing at it on The Corner, with a response from Lindsey posted here. Jonah is working up an article on it, I believe. I'm going to leave these heavyweights to take on Lindsey's... Read More
PastClassics
The major media overlooked Communist spies and Madoff’s fraud. What are they missing today?
The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.
The evidence is clear — but often ignored
The unspoken statistical reality of urban crime over the last quarter century.
What Was John McCain's True Wartime Record in Vietnam?